We prebooked this hotel for 3 nights through Aruna, one of the owners but based in Germany.
He arranged a driver to pick us up from The Pearl Grande in Colombo who arrived early so that was a plus. Aruna had advised us by email that the hotel was booked out for the third night so we stayed up the road in the hotels chalet .
Upon our arrival ( taxi fare about $USD 75.00) we were greeted by Asoka, Arunas brother and another brother who runs a gem shop in the hotel. Now came our first unusual experience- the building is 3 floors high but has no lift. We found nearly all the hotels that we stayed in were all 3 story with no lifts, except in Kandy - Not too sure if its a cost saving concept or what but most people would baulk at having to climb any higher. Our room was on the first floor in the centre and had A/C , a good view and plenty of room.Another feature was the bathroom, also very roomy as most of the hotels that we stayed in were.
We had a good ocean view and could see turtles about 100 meters off shore.Fishermen on their poles turned up and we saw them catching a few fish.The food was good, service great and our room was clean.
Only two negatives were
1 Only one TV channel- we had to ring reception to get another channel and were given a choice but still only one channel at a time. Weird to say the least
2 No internet in the room so down to reception to send /receive emails etc. This is another annoying trait that we found all around SL.
Both these issues need addressing.
Our third night was staying at the chalet, about 900 meters from the hotel and set in amongst native bush. Very roomy, quiet and peaceful. We had an excellent swimming pool to ourselves
and tea coffee facilities in our room . A phone call to the hotel had a van come and pick us up to have our meals although the walk to the hotel would be ok if not for the intense heat.
Again no internet and the Tv dish was dead so no TV- Still no big deal but you would expect these issues to be resolved.
Cost for two nights at the hotel around $ USD 100.00 a night plus food and drinks $USD 22.00 a night plus 10 % F & B service charge. The chalet $USD 120.00 for the night
The other plus for us was that Asoka organised a 10 day tour with driver for us around southern and central SL. Our driver Upale was superb- courteous,obliging and drove at a sedate speed throughout our tour. All up, a good experience so well done guys!!
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